Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Massive Attack on Supplements by FDA

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     There’s bad news for supplement users in the long-awaited revision of FDA guidance rules for new supplements which are finally here, very bad news.

The rules if implemented without modification will basically result in the supplement industry not being allowed to innovate and create new supplements.

This looks like more of the […]

Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

A friend of ours in the grocery business brought by a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables the other day.  Apples, lemons, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, lemons, grapefruits, bananas, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, and pineapple.

He had come by for a detox session using our Aqua-Chi detox foot bath.  He believes like we do that it’s healthier  to put the good stuff in and get the bad stuff out.

Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.

What are Nutrients?

Nutrients are ingredients in food that help you:

* Grow

* Repair body tissue

* Build new muscle tissue.

No single food will provide you with the right amount of nutrients. By combining foods from all the different food groups, you can meet your body’s daily needs.

The most nutrient-rich foods are fresh fruit and vegetables.  Most of us don’t eat anywhere near enough of these!

Sadly, even our ‘fresh’ produce loses many nutrients due to soil depletion, genetic modification, time taken in transport and storage, and preparation and cooking losses.  Furthermore, farming and processing methods fill our food with ‘foreign’ chemicals which are toxic to our bodies.

Even if you could eat the recommended 10-13 servings a day, nutrients are depleted due to corporate farming techniques, genetic modification, soil depletion, and green harvesting and more nutrients are lost in processing and food preparation.

It’s little wonder we’re suffering from an epidemic of lifestyle malnutrition.  Fast food, junk food, and processed food have placed edible “food-like” substances at the top of most peoples’ menus.

We have a real problem with our food today.  Even those people who are trying to eat right by including raw fruits and vegetables in their diet can find their goal sabotaged by the lack of nutrition in the food available at the market.   How bad is the problem with our food?  In the 1950’s a woman could get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A from two peaches.  Today it takes 58 peaches to satisfy the requirement. Continue reading Nutrition Loss in Fruits and Vegetables

Makers of “Cheap” Dietary Supplements Screaming Like Stuck Pigs

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The FDA is enforcing a provisional rule on synthetics in dietary supplements which says, among other things, that synthetic botanicals will no longer be considered New Dietary Ingredients and must never be sold as supplements, only as drugs.

The FDA’s intention to regulate synthetics in dietary supplements has upset some dietary supplement manufacturers.  One industry group goes […]

Dealing with Muscle Fatigue

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BJJ Baltimore students know that having your muscles fatigue on you is one of the worst feelings your body can feel.  The main cause of muscle fatigue can be tied to exercise intensity and duration.   During workouts of high intensity the muscles will become fatigued because there is a depletion of the […]

The New Hidden Hunger

In 2009 Nicolas D. Kristof wrote in The New York Times:   “…  one of the great Western misconceptions is that severe malnutrition is simply about not getting enough to eat. Often it’s about not getting the right micronutrients — iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine — and one of the most cost-effective ways outsiders can combat poverty is to fight this “hidden hunger.”

Over 5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from the devastating effecrts of malnutrition.  Lack of proper nutrition in the early development years is to blame for issues such as stunted growth, retarded brain development and poor health in the lives of 55 million children worldwide.

Malnutrition affects more than 925 million people globally, including developed countries.

Although the picture that immediately comes to mind when malnutrition is mentioned is people with skinny arms and legs and ribs showing, the new face of malnutrition includes people in developed countries who eat plenty, but consume a diet of mainly fast food and processed foods.

Approximately 90% of the money Americans spend on food is used to buy processed food.  In the 1990’s we started putting “engineered proteins” in food stuffs and children’s food allergies went up 300%.

“young children are so susceptible to malnutrition because what they eat lacks essential vitamins and minerals to help them grow, remain strong and fight off infections.” – Dr. Susan Shepherd, Doctors Without Borders

“Nutritional deficiency has now become epidemic right here in America, where a significant amount of the money we spend on food is used to buy processed foods.  A recent national survey reports that “nearly the entire US population consumes a diet that is not on par with [MyPyramid] recommendations”. – The Journal of Nutrition1401832-1838, 2010 “Americans Do Not Meet Federal Dietary Recommendations”  Continue reading The New Hidden Hunger

Beginner Running Tips – How To Make Your First Runs Easier Explained

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The easy run is just what it sounds like.  This run is performed in a slow and easy pace .  If you are beginner, this type of running is ideal for you because it will allow you to get used to the activity of running without straining yourself or getting injured. Your goal […]

Why Your Body May Not Assimilate Your Supplement

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My friend was proud that her preferred calcium supplement contained 600 mg of calcium per serving according to the label, and mine contained only 255 mg per serving.

Calcium is a basic element found in nearly all organized tissues. It is a member of the alkaline earth family of metals, is the most abundant mineral in the […]

Vitamins, Minerals, Radioactive Metals and the Indian Mustard Plant

The Indian mustard plant for Vibrant HealthStrange Connection

It turns out that nuclear waste heavy metals and good nutrition have something in common, the Indian mustard plant. 

When the Russians were looking for a way to remediate all the radioactive material spread by the meltdown of the nuclear power facility in Chernobyl they tried phytoremediation.

Phytoremediation is the direct use of living plants for in situ removal, containment, degradation, or rendering harmless contaminants in soil.  Plants do this by taking up the materials in the soil by absorbing them through the root system. 

The plant which Russian agronomists used was the Indian mustard plant (Brassica juncea) which has a prodigious absorption capacity.  The Indian mustard plant has been nicknamed “nature’s magnet” and has a unique ability to absorb metals and minerals from the soil it grows in.

Whereas the Russians used it to remove dangerous levels of lead and uranium, scientists are now using the Indian mustard plant to help boost our intake of metals and minerals often lacking in our Western diet.  Continue reading Vitamins, Minerals, Radioactive Metals and the Indian Mustard Plant

Does Your Doctor Espouse Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is the practice of combining conventional allopathic medicine with complementary and alternative approaches in an effort to create a comprehensive treatment program.

It’s a growing field of medicine in which the patient and providers work together to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic program that draws on a variety of traditions, expertise and modalities to address an individual’s specific needs.

Integrative medicine seeks to draw on the best of “conventional” and “alternative” medicine.

Conventional medicine or allopathic medicine encompasses drugs and surgery.  This is the kind of medicine most Americans encounter in hospitals and clinics. 

Allopathic medicine is both expensive and invasive.  It is also very good at some things such as handling emergency conditions like massive injury or life-threatening situations.  It is medicine focused on dealing with sickness and does not encompass prevention or health and wellness.  Some conventional medicine is scientifically validated.  Some is not.  Continue reading Does Your Doctor Espouse Integrative Medicine?